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Smaller Wheels for Smaller Skates?

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03-04-2011, 05:28 AM
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Smaller Wheels for Smaller Skates?

I recently went a half size down and got 6.5R Vapor RX25s. They fit great and all, but it feels like the boot is way too small for the chassis and wheels.

With the size 7 boot, the wheels kinda stuck out but now about half of the wheel comes out on either end. While it's not hindering my skating abilities, I'm wondering if it would be better for a smaller guy like myself to use smaller wheels?

It's a vanguard hi-lo set up (76/80) so I was thinking about going to maybe a 72/76? Is it even worth doing and will it help my skating? If it's even possible, what are the downsides to doing this?

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I recently went a half size down and got 6.5R Vapor RX25s. They fit great and all, but it feels like the boot is way too small for the chassis and wheels.

With the size 7 boot, the wheels kinda stuck out but now about half of the wheel comes out on either end. While it's not hindering my skating abilities, I'm wondering if it would be better for a smaller guy like myself to use smaller wheels?

It's a vanguard hi-lo set up (76/80) so I was thinking about going to maybe a 72/76? Is it even worth doing and will it help my skating? If it's even possible, what are the downsides to doing this?
I don't think them sticking out is a problem other than maybe 'aesthetics'...but I'm almost positive larger wheels are better than smaller wheels for skaters. Faster and larger gripping area.

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I don't think them sticking out is a problem other than maybe 'aesthetics'...but I'm almost positive larger wheels are better than smaller wheels for skaters. Faster and larger gripping area.
You're right about them being faster, but smaller wheels have a tighter turn radius than larger wheels. So better really depends on what your aiming to get out of your wheel.

As for the original post, larger or smaller wheels are all about preference. Each has their advantages and shortcomings, so if you want to try switching it up then by all means do so. You might like smaller wheels better, and if you don't, then just swap back in your larger wheels

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